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Bioneers Radio
Tue, 03/12/2013 - 1:00pm

Around the world, women are inspiring each other to envision a world where women lead, but quite differently. Women are spontaneously redefining power and shaping it in novel ways.

According to social justice advocate Gloria Feldt and community advocate Reinette Senum, leadership begins inside – with “power to” rather than “power over.” How is the leadership of women benefitting us all?    Listen to the piece here.


History is a tale told by the winners. How then can we reclaim the voices of those who have been historically written out - silenced through the ages? Perhaps as women write “herstory” into history, we’ll see clearly the eternal power, brilliance and unique value of women’s contributions.

Join media innovator Jensine Larsen and feminist historian Sally Roesch Wagner as they share the emerging landscape of an inclusive, sustainable and just society at whose heart is the leadership of women. Listen to this piece Here

American Graduate Month Special
Thu, 03/14/2013 - 1:00pm
Thu, 03/14/2013 - 7:00pm

Every year, more than a million kids drop out of school. Without a diploma, they will have a tough time succeeding. But the problem starts much earlier than high school. This hour, we'll ask the big questions: Why are students dropping out? What's the cost? And, what works to keep them in school and graduate? We’ll talk to Arne Duncan, the education secretary in charge of turning around the problem. And we'll look at the dropout crisis through the eyes of the kids themselves.

You'll hear stories from:

  • Chicago, Duncan's hometown, where we try to find out why students leave school in the first place.
  • San Diego, where a mentoring program has helped cut dropout rates substantially.
  • Washington, DC, where we examine the cost of dropouts to families.
  • Boston, where we look at whether the President's call for a "dropout age" of 18 could really work.
  • And New Haven, Connecticut, where students are given the "promise" of college if they work hard and stay in school.

This special is hosted by former NPR correspondent Andrea Seabrook, now host of her own blog DecodeDC.

Community Conversation
Tue, 03/12/2013 - 7:00pm
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Many counties across New York are considering selling county-run nursing homes to private buyers in an effort to trim the budget. How will this impact our aging population?

American Graduate Month Special
Thu, 03/07/2013 - 1:00pm
Thu, 03/07/2013 - 7:00pm

Award-winning NPR Reporter Nancy Solomon takes you inside a school to hear a discussion on race in the classroom. Listen as students try to explain what went wrong with their education. Join her at the kitchen table with black middle-class parents who thought that a move to the suburbs would ensure school success. Find out how the school's best teachers motivate their students. Be a fly on the wall in the busy dean's office where where kids with discipline problems land.

Off the Page
Tue, 03/05/2013 - 1:00pm
Tue, 03/05/2013 - 7:00pm

Bygone Binghamton: Remembering People and Places of the Past is a new and encyclopedic two-volume review of the tremendous (IBM, EJ, the Arlington Hotel), the temporary (“Masty Huba”, Kiddieland) and the trivial (Slab Bubble Gum) of the Triple Cities in the 20th century. Principal author Jack Edward Shay and collaborators Betty Casey and Tom Townsend tell about everything that could be packed into 1,313 pages.

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 1:00pm
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A music documentary which tells the story of blind African American gospel singers who strongly influenced the course of American music from sacred to rock and beyond.
Read more about the project, the musicians and their stories, and the presenters on this program here.
Metropolitan Opera
Sat, 02/23/2013 - 1:00pm
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The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Bizet’s Carmen. Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, who made an acclaimed Met debut as Carmen in 2010, sings her first Met Saturday matinee broadcast of her signature role. Rising Italian conductor Michele Mariotti, who also leads this season’s new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, conducts a cast that includes Austrian tenor Nikolai Schukoff and Russian soprano Ekaterina Scherbachenko, who make their Met debuts this season as Don José and Micaëla, respectively. Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov returns to the role of Escamillo, the swaggering toreador, for the first time since the Met’s 2004-05 season.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 1:00pm
Thu, 02/28/2013 - 7:00pm


Milestone conversations with Maya Angelou and lauded African Americans who tell the stories of a culture through the entertainment industry, award-winning music, opportunities for philanthropy and the pursuit of peace. Join a Grammy, Emmy, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Nobel Prize winning group of voices with the poetic, historical commentary of Maya Angelou.  Guests include Oprah Winfrey, Kofi Annan, Jennifer Hudson, Regina Taylor and Alicia Keys.
Community Conversation
Tue, 02/26/2013 - 7:00pm
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In the 19th century, thousands of slaves escaped to free states and to Canada using a  network of secret routes and safe houses. More than 800 fugitive slaves passed through Elmira, a major stop along the Underground Railroad. Take a look at this part of our local history.
Thu, 02/21/2013 - 1:00pm
Thu, 02/21/2013 - 7:00pm

SEGMENT 1: In this documentary "Justice Denied", we explore how federal courts enforced fugitive slave laws. Historians, actors and legal scholars re-create the famous case of a young escaped slave who was sent back by a Boston judge, provoking America's largest abolitionist protest.


SEGMENT 2: Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln historian Eric Foner chronicles the Dred Scott decision (often derided as the Supreme Court's worst ruling), which held that black people have "no rights" and aggravated tensions between north and south, setting the stage for the bloody Civil War.

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